PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - At least one South Mississippi superintendent is not supporting the governor's push for school choice.
In his State of The State Address on Wednesday, Governor Phil Bryant proposed allowing parents in failing schools to send their children to a better school nearby.
Pascagoula-Gautier Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich raised several concerns, such as if schools lose state funding if students move out, would the better schools have enough space to handle extra students and would parents and schools be motivated to place children in schools - not based on academics - but athletics or demographics.
"What is the criteria for accepting that child into your school, and I think it's going to be more driven on what the child has to offer the school than what the school has to offer the child," said Rodolfich. "I think that's very important whenever you're talking about that because then you're creating an unfair platform where those neediest children that you're talking about are going to be passed over for children who are higher ability children."
Rodolfich says the state should focus instead on adequate funding to meet the needs of schools, like more technology, resources and teachers.